Laburnum × watereri 'Vossii'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A spreading tree with fine, dark green foliage, cut into oval leaflets. But it is for the long racemes of brilliant, golden-yellow flowers that this tree deserves a place in the garden. In late spring and early summer, it is smothered with pea-like chains of flowers, often up to 60cm (24in) long, followed by a light crop of poisonous seeds. It grows quickly and looks spectacular trained over a pergola or planted as a specimen tree in a small garden.
- Garden care: When planting, incoporate lots of well-rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and stake firmly. Laburnums dont need much pruning, but you may want to remove any diseased or crossing branches. It is essential that any pruning work is carried out between late summer to mid winter as the sap will 'bleed' heavily at other times.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten
Late summer is the best time to prune many midsummer-flowering shrubs to keep them vigorous and flowering well. It is also the ideal time to prune several trees that are prone to bleeding if pruned at other times, and it’s...Read full article